Hawaiian Airlines flight 33 from Los Angeles to Maui was uneventful, smooth, well-served in the First Class cabin, and best of all, on time. Picking up the rental car at Hertz at the Kahului Airport moved equally seamlessly. The Diva descended on a two-week trip to Maui that began at the heavenly Kaanapali Alii in Lahaina, a deluxe condominium complex, smack on one of the best beaches on the island. It is also a TripAdvisor favorite ranked number one out of 30 hotels in Lahaina with most reviewers giving it five stars.
Condominium rentals can be big budget savers since you can cook your own meals and make your own sunset cocktails (a preprandial ritual here). Since we ordered the Butler stocking service ahead of time there was no need to race off to grocery shop. We
After checking into our ginormous two bedroom unit, we raced to the beach to swim before a pre-arranged dinner at Black Rock at the Sheraton Kaanapali that was preceded by the cocktails on the patio where the nightly tiki torch lighting ceremony/Cliff Dive takes place.
(In Hawaiian tradition Pu`u Keka`a, “hill creating strength through enlightenment”, is the place where natural forces come together. As day transitions to night, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa retells the story of King Kahekili through a nightly Cliff Dive Ceremony, a 50 year old tradition which has drawn visitors from around the world). The food at the open-air restaurant was delicious, the ambiance romantic.
The Kaanapali Allii is so far exceeding expectations. We are in one of the two-bedroom condos that range in size from 1,500 to 1,900 square feet. There are so many activities at our beck and call, many free.
For starters there’s an Oceanfront Pavilion with barbecue gas grills and a pool area with twin 52′ flat screen televisions along with lounge furniture from which we can watch the baseball playoffs (which will be on TV while we’re away) or football (Richard’s favorite sport). There’s also fitness center, a necessity for the LA Travel Diva, that spans 3,000 square-feet and, according to reliable sources has all the right equipment as well as exercise classes from on-property trainer, Morgan Farnsworth who also teaches Tai Chi and Yoga and other workouts.
Other offerings include three tennis courts and an on-site pro who teaches free clinics or gives private lessons, a whirlpool spa, children’s wading pool, an Alii Kid’s Club (complimentary and only offered from seasonally from June through August), Grocery delivery service (for a fee), daily maid service, free newspaper delivery, complimentary WiFi and signing privileges at select restaurants.
Best of all there is no resort fee added to your bill. This sometimes hidden cost has cause quite a stir lately as published in the Los Angeles Times.
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Patti Pietschmann's been plugged into the LA scene for years as author of Harper Collins' best selling ACCESS travel, former contributing editor to LA Magazine and various radio gigs. She has traveled the world with her husband Richard, on assignments and for personal pleasure, has enjoyed hundreds of cruises (she and Richard started young), eaten in restaurants around the globe, spa hopped, trekked, hiked and hit the ground running. The former Teen Editor of Newsday in New York, Patti was also a co-west coast editor of Departures Magazine, and a frequent contributor to such diverse media as Cruisecritic.com, LA Times, Miami Herald, St. Petersburg Times, Virtuoso's Voyage, Luxurydomain.com, Bel-air Magazine, Priority Magazine, dozens of in-flight magazines, and more.